The Reclusives

The Reclusives (Mortville)

The Reclusives

(Mortville)

Once every moon or so, most of us need to be emptied of the false gestures and phrasings that clog our everyday lives and keep us from realizing who we really are. If you grew up on all-ages warehouse shows and Milwaukee's Best, you'll find the Reclusives go to work on such clogs with all the vigor of a gas station chili dog. Although this under-recognized punk rock quintet had already called it a day when they recorded this 24-song vinyl slab, compelling testimony to the glory days of sweaty bodies and flying beer at the Blue Flamingo abounds in its K-Tel-sized grooves. All of the usual suspects (Stooges, Ramones, Black Flag, etc.) are handily referenced, but the Reclusives had a driving, surf-bop dynamic that works as a secret weapon on songs like "I Can't Hear You" and "Hogs of the Road." Kan Manivong and Dean Von Folmar's dueling guitars helped distinguish the band from the umpteen other one-axe punk acts of the day, while vocalist Tim Storm scored points for his rather convincing Mick Jagger turn on the band's excellent cover of the Stones' "I'd Rather Be With the Boys." It's not quite like being there, but we'll take it.

*** 

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
William Harries Graham
Jakes (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, April 12, 2019

Texas Platters
Rebecca Loebe
Give Up Your Ghosts (Record Review)

Christina Garcia, April 12, 2019

More by Greg Beets
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
80 local picks from Molly Burch to Brownout

Dec. 28, 2018

Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
80 local picks from Molly Burch to Brownout

Dec. 28, 2018

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle